External Combustion was set up in the late 1980’s by artists and performers with an irresistible passion for the creation of spectacle. Now with more than twenty five years experience producing original and bold projects the company has refined a style of work that we think, maintains our creative aims and has established us as true pioneers of ideas and experts in the production of our work.

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Autumn shows

Autumn has become our main season, we produced firework shows for halloween, the 5th and numerous Christmas Lights switch on

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Transit of Venus

Gravity Field Festival commissioned us to create an installation to commemorate the first observation of the transit of Venus. We

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Artistic Director' Blog

The Helios project

A sonification installation of visceral beauty, power and rhythm. This is an idea I have wanted to do for some time and was realised as an ‘Enchanted Parks’, Gateshead commission at the end of 2014 with great response.  This monumental piece of laboratory equipment represents a curved slice of the sun animated with flame. Adapted for modern technology,    Helios can be controlled directly by data … › Continue reading

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